Author: Dan Kamys

Sponsored: Mortar Net Solutions™ Introduces DriPlane™

Mortar Net Solutions’ DriPlane™ provides a continuous drainage and ventilation plane behind exterior rainscreen and adhered masonry walls. DriPlane is installed between the structural wall and exterior cladding and can be used over continuous rigid insulation to help designers conform to ASHRAE 90.1 requirements. It is ideal for use with stucco, thin brick and stone, fiber cement, vinyl and wood siding, manufactured stone and most other absorptive claddings. The easy-to-install system consists of a 90 percent, open-weave polypropylene mesh with integrated drainage channels and a water- and vapor-permeable fabric attached to one side. Standard 1/4-inch-thick DriPlane comes in convenient 4-foot by 65-foot rolls for rapid coverage and fewer seams. It is also available in 3/8-inch (10 mm) and 3/4-inch thickness options. Unique UV-resistant packaging protects DriPlane rolls from degradation when they’re stored outside, and extra-large product labels make it easy for distributors to locate it when it’s stored on high racks and for contractors to quickly find it on the job site. DriPlane helps prevent water damage and eliminate callbacks by allowing veneers to drain quickly and dry completely. It acts as a capillary and mortar break between cladding and the weather-resistant barrier, which virtually eliminates mortar bridging and helps reduce labor costs by eliminating one layer of weather-resistant barrier. It also allows siding and veneers to move independently of the structural wall to help prevent damage due to...

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Marvelous Masonry Egypt

Thank you for the positive comments we’ve received about these articles. It’s great to see how many enjoy our masonry heritage. This month we’ll be visiting Egypt. Even if you’ve never visited Egypt, you probably recognize the pyramids and the Sphinx. We will go there and visit many more. Egypt was a center of modern civilization beginning from about 3,000 BC. It was conquered by Alexander the Great, the ruler of Macedonia in 332 BC and was ruled by the Greeks until it was taken over by the Roman Empire approximately 30 BC. Roman control lasted until c. 640...

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MCAA Gateway: March 2017

MCAA Annual South of 40 Event Held At Señor Frog’s  The MCAA held it’s annual South of 40 event at Señor Frog’s Restaurant & Bar at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. As a networking and fundraising event for the association, the space was packed and filled with food drinks, and great conversation. Additionally, guests could try out the Oculus Rift virtual reality games and be immersed in other worlds. The mission of the South of 40 Committee is to provide members the opportunity to learn, to become more involved, and introduce a youthful voice into the...

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2017 World Of Concrete Competition Wrap Up

One of the highlights at every year’s World of Concrete is the day spent in the Gold Lot watching as novice and polished masonry professionals put their skills on display in front of the thousands of people in attendance. At stake: thousands of dollars, a Ford truck, products from industry-leading suppliers, and recognition as one of the leaders in the industry. Masonry Skills Challenge The Masonry Skills Challenge is a competition of masonry apprentices in first, second and third year skill levels. The contest is a showcase for skills training in the masonry industry, challenging winning apprentices from regional...

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Contractor Tip Of The Month: Which Plan Should You Choose, A Discretionary Bonus or Results Oriented Incentive Plan? Part 2

Which Plan Should You Choose: A Discretionary Bonus Or Results Oriented Incentive Plan? Part 2 Damian Lang This is the second article of a two-part series. To read part one, go to EZG Manufacturing’s Blog or read it here.  Like a struggling football team, if your incentive plan isn’t working properly, you could end up 0-16 for the year – or in the contracting world – unprofitable… and we all know that’s not where you want to end up. So today we’re going to talk about the secret to building a winning team by insuring your incentive plan has been designed and is working properly. Let’s start by answering the following question: Why can’t everyone earn the same amount, regardless of what they do to drive company results? I.e. wouldn’t equal earnings make us one big happy family? Many of you are probably nodding your heads yes, and I get that. But let me ask the question in another way: If your co-worker were to get up on Saturday morning and watch cartoons, while you prepared for a meeting or loaded a truck with the right equipment for Monday morning’s job, should he still make the same as you? What if this happened week after week after week? Would equal earnings still make for one big happy family? You’re probably not shaking your head yes to this one. Put another way,...

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